If Klay Thompson ends up getting that big extension before the Oct. 31 deadline, then he must look at giving a portion of it to new Golden State Warriors head coach Steve Kerr, whose opened-up offense has been producing only quality looks for its shooting guard during the preseason.
Thompson can keep most of the cash; the vast majority of his advancement has to do with killer confidence and a perfect launch. We can’t charge Kerr for all those items.
What is happening with Thompson is a symptom of a larger change in Golden State–one which is giving rise to the expectation that last year’s 51-win effort was only the start.
B/R’s Howard Beck chronicled the difficulties with former head coach Mark Jackson’s strategy of attack:”The crime too often stalled and stagnated, resulting in muddled isolation plays and contested jumpers. There was little movement or dynamism, and small awareness of cohesion.”
Already among the league’s best defensive outfits (the Warriors ranked third in defensive efficiency last year), Kerr’s club is currently moving the ball superbly on offense. Andrew Bogut and David Lee, great passers equally, are currently hubs of this attack, and Stephen Curry, Andre Iguodala et al. are feasting on cuts, flares and brush displays.
All this, and Kerr has only had a couple of months to install the fundamentals of his admittedly complex scheme.
If Golden State gets beyond the turnovers that hurt it last year and continued to crop up throughout the preseason, it is the group with the best shot to take among the West’s top three spots from the Oklahoma City Thunder, the Los Angeles Clippers or even San Antonio Spurs.
If that occurs, Thompson will not be lonely in due a debt to Kerr. Fans across the Bay Area will be right there with him.

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